Telecom Italia Mobile (TIM) has commenced the second and final phase of its Long Term Evolution (LTE) testing, it has announced. The Italian cellco has received Ministry of Economic Development authorisation to use two 20MHz blocks in the 2500MHz-2690MHz frequency band for testing purposes during 2010. This latest trial uses pre-commercial equipment and has been co-ordinated with major technology partners such as Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Huawei and Nokia Siemens Networks. It will involve a series of integrated tests on 17 new sites in the centre of Turin, home to parent group Telecom Italia’s TILab research centre.
The 4G network, which aims to deliver next generation services and content at speeds of up to 140Mbps, will provide services currently only available over fixed lines -including videoconferencing, online gaming and HD video-streaming. Oscar Cicchetti, Telecom Italia’s Director of Technology and Operations, commented: ‘We want TIM’s mobile network to remain the best in terms of quality and performance. That is why we are continuing to invest in technology and services. LTE represents a major step forward enabling us to provide 100Mbps connections, but progresses in 3G technology will already allow us to offer our mobile internet customers higher speeds over the coming months’.